Sunday, 28 May 2017

My Mother and the Catholic Faith

My Mother Mrs Lena D'sa passed away on May 15, 2016 at the age of 77.

She was a virtuous woman in more ways than one. From the age of 7, she taught me the ABC's of the Catholic Faith and how to be a Gentleman to all concerned. She nurtured the Catholic Faith in me to the nth degree.

Between the ages of 10-15, She built up my Catholic Faith and my Prayer Life by teaching me the Rosary and how to say it, she also taught me several other prayers like the 15 Prayers to Saint Bridget of Sweden, Prayers to the Blessed Sacrament, and Prayers to Our Lady under various titles but specially to Our Lady, Help of Christians to whom she had a tender devotion.

All this, helped me to persevere along Life's way when the going got tough.

Between the ages of 15-20, My Mother taught me the most important prayer in my life ---- namely the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the 3.00 Prayer along with the Novena to the Divine Mercy which is to be said from Good Friday onwards for 9 days.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy proved to be "Miraculous" in my life specially when I had to confront various forms of evil both in India and in the United States where I lived for 5 years.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy when said by me from 3.00 - 4.00 in the afternoon gave me much succour and answers to questions in life.

In 1994, a Chinese Catholic Gentleman who was a lay evangelist from Hong Kong came into my life and the life of my Mother spiritually.

He sent us Tons of Printed Literature on the Divine Mercy Devotion to be distributed to Catholics living in Metro Cities all across India.

Since, We live in Bandra West, in Mumbai -- My Mother in 1994 approached me to help her to distribute Divine Mercy Leaflets to Catholics living in Flats in different parts of Bandra.

This I did with my Mother from 1994-1997.

We used to attend Mass in the evening in different churches in Bandra West and later visit Flats of Catholics with Divine Mercy Literature. On a Few Occasions We did it before Mass started.

My Mother greatly believed in one of the promises connected to the Divine Mercy Devotion that is the Lord would protect those who would propagate his Message of Mercy as a "Mother Protects Her Child".

My Mother was surely one of the greatest Human Beings that ever lived.



Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Blessed Sacrament in my Life

The Blessed Sacrament has occupied a "Pivotal" or Important place in my life.

As a Young Boy, Teenager, Young Adult, and Man -- I was transfixed by the Doctrine of "Transubstantiation".

What is really the Doctrine of Transubstantiation ??

It is nothing but the "Spiritual Conversion" of Bread and Wine into the adorable body and adorable blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have to see this with the eyes of faith. No Mortal Man can convince us about this concept. Only God can and God Will.

Transubstantiation is a "Precious Concept" within the confines of the Catholic Church. No other Church is bestowed with this gift in this Pagan World that we live in.

We need to start to lift up our eyes to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He is the "Supreme Deity" for all Christians and specially for Catholics.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is worthy of our worship and praise on this count alone.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is truly "Our Rock" in more ways than one. He is present for you and for me -- Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

He is constantly calling out to you and to me to spend time with him in this "Heavenly Sacrament".

He is a Prisoner of "Divine Love" in the Sacred Host. He will listen to our every request no matter what it is.

When we come before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, we should come with all humility forsaking our vain pride in the process.

I have always been touched by the "Real Presence" of Jesus Christ.

I have realized over the course of time that the "Real Presence" comes with the trappings of Real and Absolute Power over Evil and the Evil One in this Pagan World.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Stone rejected by Pompous and Worldly Builders.

But, He is accepted by those with a simple spirit and a simple heart.